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Adopting from Armenia: Factsheet

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DISCLAIMER: The following is a guide for U.S. citizens who plan to adopt a child in Armenia and apply for an immigrant visa for the child to come to the United States. International adoptions involves two sets of laws: 1) the laws of Armenia govern the adoption of the child. 2) U.S. federal governs the immigration of the child to the United States. The information in this flier relating to the legal requirements of specific foreign countries is provided for general information only. Questions involving interpretation of specific foreign laws should be addressed to foreign legal counsel.

PLEASE NOTE: Immigrant visas for adopted Armenian orphans by U.S. citizens are issued at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. For specifics about adoption related immigrant visa procedures, please visit the U.S. Embassy's web site at georgia.usembassy.gov/visasadopt.html.


PATTERNS OF IMMIGRATION OF ADOPTED ORPHANS TO THE U.S. : Recent U.S. immigrant visa statistics reflect the following pattern for visa issuance to orphans

FY-2003.... 43
FY-2002.... 43
FY-2001.... 27
FY-2000.... 12
FY-1999.... N/A

ADOPTION AUTHORITY IN ARMENIA :

Prime Minister's Office
Social Security Ministry, Tel. (3741) 56-53-83, or 52-68-31

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS: Married couples and single women are eligible to apply. The Armenian ethnicity of the adoptive parents or their strong ties with the Armenian community is not a requirement but is often helpful in gaining permission from the Armenian government to adopt.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: There are no residency requirements that prospective adoptive parents must fulfill to complete an adoption in Armenia.

TIME FRAME: The most time consuming part adopting is gathering the appropriate documents and getting approval from a variety of Armenian authorities. Once a child is identified, it usually takes three to four months to complete the adoption.

Credits: U.S. Department of State

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